COLUMBUS, OH, April 11, 2013 – The Board of Regents has announced that it is partnering with CurricUNET, an online curriculum management system, to make Ohio the fourth statewide higher education system to upgrade, automate and network curriculum development, processing and management.
Through its partnership with CurricUNET, the Board of Regents will support a streamlined review and approval process for academic programs in Ohio’s public and private colleges and universities. Use of CurricUNET will allow relevant program information such as course syllabi, assessment procedures and faculty credentials to be submitted electronically, eliminating what is currently a paper-intensive process. Taking advantage of this current technology will reduce the time needed to complete the program approval process by more than 60 percent, providing institutions with greater opportunity and flexibility to meet and respond to student, industry and state needs. The greater efficiency is also expected to generate a cost savings for both the institutions and the Board of Regents as a result of automating the review process.
The first phase of CurricUNET implementation in Ohio will focus solely on math and science teacher preparation programs, based on the funding available for the initial phase of work. The process to transition all academic program review in Ohio to the CurricUNET technology will begin after this initial implementation.
"Through this initiative we will access the latest technology to streamline the statewide system for program submission and review while sustaining a rigorous, detailed review process," said Stephanie Davidson, Interim Chancellor of the Board of Regents. "I am confident that the integration of statewide program review will reduce unnecessary or duplicative effort and decrease our processing time."
Currently serving statewide systems in California, Illinois and Iowa, the CurricUNET web-based system will provide unprecedented connectivity between Ohio's public system of 14 universities, 24 regional branch campuses and 23 community colleges, and connect all of its public, private and for-profit colleges and universities with other CurricUNET subscribers via the emerging Worldwide Curriculum Network. CurricUNET is a core application of Governet, a leading provider of innovative Web-based solutions for higher education institutions.
"We are very pleased that the Ohio Board of Regents has chosen to adopt CurricUNET," said Governet CEO George Tamas. "We truly believe that the unique nature of the Ohio system will set a new standard for other states to follow."